Welcome to Lafayette College Choirs!
Lafayette College is a four-year liberal arts college with commitment to the arts. Conducted by Dr. Joy Hirokawa and accompanied by Pat O’Connell, the Lafayette Concert Choir is open to every student who loves to sing, be a part of a team, and wants to make great music. Whether you have lots of choral experience or none at all, this is the chorus for you! Chamber Singers is a select, auditioned vocal ensemble chosen from the members of Concert Choir and conducted by Dr. Jennifer Kelly. Both of our vocal ensembles are comprised of majors from numerous academic disciplines with varying degrees of choral experience.
Goals of the Lafayette Vocal Ensembles:
- A commitment to create and perform new music as well as celebrate music of past centuries
- Honor the score, the composer, the culture
- Question musical boundaries and redefine the relevance of ensemble singing
- Use our whole instrument, our whole body to communicate each and every song
- Identify our own expectations and travel beyond them
- Recognize that choir is a human shared experience made up of text, breath, community
~ Jacob Hartwig ’13 “Choir isn’t about learning a few pieces for a concert each semester; it’s about learning how to perform, understanding the various texts and backgrounds of the music, combining that with singing skills learned in class, and knowledge of the body as an instrument to gain life-long expertise. We sing, we learn, and we have a ton of fun doing it.”
~ Shannon Moran ’14 “Joining choir has been one of the best decisions I made at Lafayette. I have not only greatly expanded my musicality, but a good portion of my personal development as a leader and a contributor can be credited to the Lafayette Choir as well. As Section Leader, I have valued the communicative aspects of the program, between conductor and students and amongst the students themselves. I am so thankful for the experience.”
~ Daniel Ricken ’12 “If there is one thing I could suggest to anyone attending Lafayette College it would be to join the choir program. Never underestimate the power of the voice.”
~ Justin Bruce ’09